Huge, Homley Mastiff Named Martha Wins World's Ugliest Dog

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Martha is a three-year-old 125 pound Neapolitan Mastiff who won the 29th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.

That is, the jowly 3-year-old Neapolitan mastiff has some remarkably expansive cheeks - so expansive, in fact, they droop practically to her knees and flap like slobbery wings when she shakes her head.

Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she rescued Martha when the dog was nearly blind, but her sight has been restored after several surgeries.

"She's just a bit unique", Martha's owner Shirley Zindler told the Press Democrat.

Leaving the contest with $1,500, a trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances, Martha was rescued by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County when she was almost blind.

Martha from Sebastopol was rescued when she was almost blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where the contest was held.

"She knocks over every water bucket no matter how securely attached to the fence", said owner Shirley Dawn Zindler of her homely hound.

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Martha underwent surgery to improve her eyesight, and now, she's the top dog with $1,500 and a huge trophy to her name!

Although, some may think it's cruel to enter a dog into such a contest, Zindler says it's actually all about promoting rescuing and adopting dogs that aren't "traditionally handsome". He has lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells the fairground offered - including funnel cakes and other fried goodies. Monkey, a six-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an eight-year-old unknown breed, were both rescued from the homes of hoarders.

The dogs entered in the contest often flaunt unnaturally droopy faces, bared teeth, and unruly fur and tongues that stick out permanently.

The panel based their decisions on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction, the agency added. But for their owners, it was love at first sight.

At 16 years old, Moe, a Brussel Griffon pug, is this year's most senior contestant this year.

'He's my sexy boy, ' Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her eight-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer.

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